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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10150 on: November 13, 2017, 06:38:44 PM »
Yesterday I roasted and pureed 5 sugar pumpkins for the freezer.  Also roasted probably 3 cups of pumpkin seeds.  My kids are non-stop snack machines, so this will be helpful over the next few days.

I also made some Portuguese soup called caldo verde -- kale, potatoes, sausage, broth, onion, garlic, lemon.  It was using up wilting ingredients that were about to go bad, plus this week begins an insane family schedule (lasts till mid-January), so pre-cooking meals will be a helpful way to stay out of restaurants.  We'll eat it tonight before running off to take our first foster parenting class that goes until 9.

Made oatmeal for the littluns this AM.  They don't love it, but they'll eat it 2x a week if I let them have cereal afterwards.  They are too, too fond of cereal, which is expensive and doesn't fill them up.  I added raisins from pantry (homemade from grape vine at one of our rental houses).

I ate gingered zucchini soup and a poached egg.  Soup is pulled from the freezer, part of a zuke bumper crop.

Sick today -- taking the day off work b/c I have 20 more sick days to use up before I quit in May.  Might as well stay home, rest up, grade in peace, and get some more stuff on eBay.

You could use cereal, especially granola, as a topping for the oatmeal.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10151 on: November 13, 2017, 07:38:47 PM »
-Ate free breakfast, lunch & snacks at work
-Charged our electric car for free at work
-Ate leftovers for dinner

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10152 on: November 13, 2017, 08:40:57 PM »
- Cat sit for a friend and when we go on vacay they can look after our tuxedo cat
- Air dried two loads of laundry today

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« Reply #10153 on: November 13, 2017, 08:46:26 PM »

Made oatmeal for the littluns this AM.  They don't love it, but they'll eat it 2x a week if I let them have cereal afterwards.  They are too, too fond of cereal, which is expensive and doesn't fill them up.  I added raisins from pantry (homemade from grape vine at one of our rental houses).


One thing I do to make oatmeal more fun and appealing to my kids is use the smallest size of canning jars and fill them with "treats" for on the oatmeal that they can do themselves. Currently mine collection of jars has: raisins, craisins, brown sugar, blanched almond slices, coconut, "healthy" chocolate chips & chia/hemp mixture called Holy Crap. I have them in a bin that I just pull out of my cupboard and set on the counter by the bowl and pot of oatmeal in the morning. I'm sure there are other toppings I haven't thought of! YMMV :-)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10154 on: November 13, 2017, 09:43:38 PM »
This may be a little nuts, and almost certainly will be annoying, but I set up automatic transactions into my Vanguard money market fund for every day of the week (mon - fri). Started off extra stupid, with five $1 transfers per week. I'll ramp things up eventually.

This is in addition to my regular savings, just trying to sneak more money into my taxable accounts throughout the year. My brain won't be able to argue with a dollar or two a day.

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« Reply #10155 on: November 14, 2017, 01:16:36 AM »
*Made a loaf of french bread and started more refrigerator dough right away

*Made a recipe from Budget Bytes for dinner - was white beans and sausages - pretty good and certainly was budget

*Got a free chocolate bar at the gas station for showing my receipt from the pump to the clerk


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« Reply #10156 on: November 14, 2017, 05:46:24 AM »
This may be a little nuts, and almost certainly will be annoying, but I set up automatic transactions into my Vanguard money market fund for every day of the week (mon - fri). Started off extra stupid, with five $1 transfers per week. I'll ramp things up eventually.

This is in addition to my regular savings, just trying to sneak more money into my taxable accounts throughout the year. My brain won't be able to argue with a dollar or two a day.

Great idea!

My investment account doesn't allow so many automatic transfers a month, but I have set up an automatic transfer in my checking account that sends 1% of the value every purchase to my savings account. I increase my monthly transfer to investments nearly every month, I just add a small amount. I don't even notice the difference, which surprised me, because I am naturally very frugal and I didn't feel like I spent a lot of money a couple of years ago, before I started increasing my automatic transfer. Apparantly even that amount of spending could be decreased without me even noticing.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10157 on: November 14, 2017, 06:10:55 AM »
Apparently when you are pregnant, you can't just pretend you will always continue to fit into normal clothes. Finally got to a point where nothing was comfortable, and went on a hunt for mat clothes. Hit the motherload (teehee) of Kijiji sales and got 30+ brand name items for $125. Approximate retail value ~$1000. Only thing missing was a pair of black skinny jeans which I found the next day for $10 (retail value $30). I love kijiji.

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« Reply #10158 on: November 14, 2017, 06:22:48 AM »
It's 56 degrees at work because the heat is broken. Instead of going out and buying a space heater (which probably wouldn't help much since my office is missing a door), I brought my electric throw to work. Also wearing a sweater, two jackets, and leggings under my jeans...

On the bright side it's getting me used to colder temps indoors?

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« Reply #10159 on: November 14, 2017, 10:26:06 AM »
I did 180 jumping jacks to get warm instead of turning up the heat! (That's my formula for body warmth production while working on my laptop. Apply every two hours.)

I laughed so hard at this, as I tried to imagine asking my husband to try it...!  He works at home and as soon as the house temp drops below 68 degrees, he wants to turn on the heat (while wearing jeans and a t-shirt).  I usually convince him to put on a sweater.  But our thermostat will never drop below 66 degrees.  It's a good thing we're in a warm climate. :)

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« Reply #10160 on: November 14, 2017, 10:26:58 AM »
Cancelled netflix. They've taken down most of the stuff we liked, their new content isn't worth much to us. Just picked up some movies from the library (which is less than a mile away). Should save us $132 a year

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10161 on: November 14, 2017, 10:50:02 AM »
Grinded some coffee beans I roasted myself the other night, brewed in my Aeropress, and pressed for a delicious cup of coffee. $2.98 for a lb of the green unroasted beans so cheaper and better than going to Starbucks... although we only go to Starbucks when there's a BOGOF and/or bonus point deal, and even then we have over $50 of GCs that we've gotten as gifts. Funny cause I was never into coffee until a few months ago.
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10162 on: November 15, 2017, 06:20:08 AM »
Succesfully replaced my phone battery in only an hour (plus research time and watching videos)! Should get at least one good year out of it for only $10. The phone got some slight cosmetic damage on the back but I don't care, it was worth it to get it done faster and I use a case anyway.

Still haven't turned the heat on at home, lowest I've seen is 66 in the morning so it's not bad at all. At work it's 55 indoors right now because the heat is broken so I'm getting used to colder indoor temperatures (gotta see the bright side). It's actually not bad with my electric blanket.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10163 on: November 15, 2017, 09:50:25 AM »
I was crazy busy at work today, so forgot/didn't get to eating lunch until 4 PM. Then decided I wasn't hungry and just wait to go home and use the lunch for dinner (with some additions).

Healthy? Not really. Cheap? Yes. Something I'd do regular? No.

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« Reply #10164 on: November 15, 2017, 10:05:54 AM »
I was crazy busy at work today, so forgot/didn't get to eating lunch until 4 PM. Then decided I wasn't hungry and just wait to go home and use the lunch for dinner (with some additions).

Healthy? Not really. Cheap? Yes. Something I'd do regular? No.

Fasting or skipping meals isn't bad for the majority of people. Humans were designed to be able to do so, and many argue that it's actually good for you (I don't want to make a determination, so do your own research at your own risk). Some people go on frequent one day fasts, some people do week long fasts, etc. My boyfriend actually did a 9 day fast a few months ago. I personally don't think I have enough excess fat to go that long...

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« Reply #10165 on: November 15, 2017, 01:00:55 PM »
I was crazy busy at work today, so forgot/didn't get to eating lunch until 4 PM. Then decided I wasn't hungry and just wait to go home and use the lunch for dinner (with some additions).

Healthy? Not really. Cheap? Yes. Something I'd do regular? No.

Fasting or skipping meals isn't bad for the majority of people. Humans were designed to be able to do so, and many argue that it's actually good for you (I don't want to make a determination, so do your own research at your own risk). Some people go on frequent one day fasts, some people do week long fasts, etc. My boyfriend actually did a 9 day fast a few months ago. I personally don't think I have enough excess fat to go that long...
Totally agree with you. I really don't think the whole 'eat 5-6 times a day'-thing is good for you. However, what wasn't in the post, I did eat a little too much of my colleague's cookies at 3 PM so it wasn't a total meal skip o:). But yes, I've done plenty of days where I skipped on breakfast or forgot lunch and I didn't feel any worse.

The longest fast I ever did was an unintentional 22 hours tho (on a bus and no long stops to buy food anywhere?!) and I actually felt quite good after, so maybe I should try a 1 or 2 day fast at some point :)

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10166 on: November 15, 2017, 04:40:52 PM »
I keep my dogs on heartworm preventive all year, and being the 15th, gave the monthly dose of an off label medicine. I have been doing it for 20 years, live in a heartworm hotspot, and am confident it's safe and works.

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« Reply #10167 on: November 16, 2017, 08:03:42 AM »
-Ate breakfast, lunch & snacks at work
-Charged our electric car for free at work
-Made leftovers for dinner
-Booked a flight for free using a credit (flight changes where the airline modified our trip)
-Found a small jug of orange juice that one of the kids got at a soccer game, and didn't drink. Saved for my cranberry sauce recipe next week. One less thing off of the Thanksgiving grocery list!

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« Reply #10168 on: November 16, 2017, 10:52:49 AM »
I was taking out the trash today and noticed a bunch of oranges on a tree at the end of my parco inside the walls of the complex and in a communal area.  I picked one and took it back, it was great!  I now have a source of free oranges for the next few years while I live here.  I highly doubt my neighbors will either notice or care to pick them.
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« Reply #10169 on: November 16, 2017, 01:49:54 PM »
Went to the coffee room at work to get tea, turned out a meeting had been cancelled and they put the whole lunch on our coffee table! Yay! Great free sandwiches :D

(This is the case every week, but only with a handful leftover sandwiches that are gone within 10 mins, so you gotta be lucky to walk down exactly then)

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« Reply #10170 on: November 16, 2017, 05:13:48 PM »
I changed my oil today.  Oil bought on sale earlier this year and a filter from RockAuto (purchased with some other stuff earlier this year).  $25.33 total for 6.5 quarts of Mobil1 5w30 synthetic oil and a Wix filter...good to go for another 5k miles!

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« Reply #10171 on: November 16, 2017, 05:43:53 PM »
Switched my health insurance policy, saved $55 a month.

Switched our phone plans, saved at least $38 a month.

Husband had an optom appointment today to replace his prescription sunnies, which he thought had been left overseas. Cancelled the appointment when something came up with work. Found the sunnies in the car an hour later. Saved $200.

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« Reply #10172 on: November 16, 2017, 06:29:55 PM »
Random leftovers from the fridge for lunch, and I made some pumpkins muffins as well (for snacks and breakfasts).  I had some frozen eggs I needed to use up -- I hadn't frozen them very effectively and they thaw as one rawish-almost solid yolk.  So they don't really work for most recipes.  But I can whip the shit out of them and put them in muffin recipes.  I think I have a few dozen of those left.  The rest I whisked before freezing, which makes them much easier for scrambling later.

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« Reply #10173 on: November 17, 2017, 07:32:45 AM »
-All the standard stuff (breakfast/lunch/snacks at work for free)
-Finally went to the (free) gym & discovered my lost fitbit! My husband was going to replace it, despite my requests, so this is awesome.
-Received a hotel chain promotional email for a chain I rarely go to. Decided to click through to determine if I had any points. Sure enough, not enough to transfer to anything useful, but the points were about to expire & I had enough for a $10 Starbucks gift card. It was the only way to use the points, but I'm happy. Will likely give as a gift for the holidays. Win!

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« Reply #10174 on: November 17, 2017, 03:55:45 PM »
Switched my internet provider. Had a basic pre-paid plan of 12GB for $150 (1 year expiry).

New data plan is 50GB for $130 with 1 year expiry. 90% of my online time seems to be this forum and it doesn't use much data at all.... guess I'll have to blow it looking at real estate porn :)

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« Reply #10175 on: November 17, 2017, 05:25:29 PM »
Switched my internet provider. Had a basic pre-paid plan of 12GB for $150 (1 year expiry).

New data plan is 50GB for $130 with 1 year expiry. 90% of my online time seems to be this forum and it doesn't use much data at all.... guess I'll have to blow it looking at real estate porn :)

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« Reply #10176 on: November 18, 2017, 12:40:39 AM »
Went out with my sister this afternoon.  We tried to go to a local historical site that is supposed to be free this month, but it turned out to be closed.

So we went to the mall - mostly looking for Christmas presents.  Crossed mom off my list, except for her stocking stuffer.  But at least I brought a snack with me...
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« Reply #10177 on: November 18, 2017, 08:49:59 AM »
Our el cheapo office chair at home stopped maintaining itís height. It would sink down all the time. So we needed a replacement. In my office we are soon moving to another part of the building and get new desks. I asked if we would also get new chairs, in the hope I could take my office chair home. But no.
Today we bought a second hand good quality office chair from a private person. It was not the cheapest chair for sale, but probably the most robust one.

We also visited a shopping center, because DH needed to have a battery in his watch replaced. We tried to kill half an hour by walking around. Visited the H&M, which had sales on bras. I needed a new bra and got one that fit well for a very low price.

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« Reply #10178 on: November 18, 2017, 09:27:00 AM »
Went to Aldi and discovered that many of the things I wanted to buy at another supermarket on sale were even cheaper there without any special promotion.

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« Reply #10179 on: November 18, 2017, 10:56:36 AM »
Went to my favorite scratch and dent/over stock store.  They've now added a small refrigerator section.  Got two 32 oz plain yogurts for 25 cents each.  The sell by date is two days from now, but so what?  Yogurt lasts forever.   I usually make my own yogurt, but for 25 cents I'm happy with their non-fat with active cultures alternative.

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« Reply #10180 on: November 18, 2017, 11:48:52 AM »
Went to Aldi and discovered that many of the things I wanted to buy at another supermarket on sale were even cheaper there without any special promotion.

Today we walked past a several kitchen stores. The cheapest one had a Tefal frying pan for 20 dollars. The more expensive shop had exactly the same pan, down 50% for 24 dollars. We don`t really understand how three of the expensive kitchen stores close to eachother can survive.

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« Reply #10181 on: November 18, 2017, 12:05:42 PM »
Haven't finished reading the whole thread yet, but already SO inspired!

Today I have done my grocery shopping, and stuck to the list.

Hung laundry on the airer to dry.

Prepared breakfast and lunch for work tomorrow, and put my house keys on top of the containers so I won't forget to take them with me at 6am!

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« Reply #10182 on: November 18, 2017, 02:55:05 PM »
Bought a yellow sticker container of ground beef today that expires today and made something halfway between chilli and pasta sauce for tonight with other things I had on hand. Filling and comforting over spaghetti.

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« Reply #10183 on: November 18, 2017, 04:41:37 PM »
Froze the overripe bananas for smoothies.

Held off washing yesterday because of the rain, just pegged a big load outside in the sun.

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« Reply #10184 on: November 18, 2017, 05:44:54 PM »
-Stuck to my list when buying groceries
-Served everyone leftovers for lunch
-Made tapenade using a giant jar of olives that have been lingering in my pantry for.ever. Used yard basil to round it out. Yum.
-Ran errands in the electric car

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« Reply #10185 on: November 18, 2017, 06:37:54 PM »
I tend to make lots of little impulse buys at the grocery store when I go in for just a handful of items. So I sent my husband with the list instead!

Sold a pair of uncomfortable shoes on PoshMark for $5 less than I paid for them.

Iím doing the bulk of my Christmas knitting with stashed yarn, saving money on gifts.
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« Reply #10186 on: November 18, 2017, 07:29:12 PM »
I tend to make lots of little impulse buys at the grocery store when I go in for just a handful of items. So I sent my husband with the list instead!

Sold a pair of uncomfortable shoes on PoshMark for $5 less than I paid for them.


Iím doing the bulk of my Christmas knitting with stashed yarn, saving money on gifts.

This is an accomplishment! Way to go. I try not to buy things I won't love, but it happens, particularly with shoes. I tend to buy core shoes (running, and my once every few years pair of flats) at Nordstrom. They are pricey, but you can return after wearing if they don't work out. In the long run, tends to save money.

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« Reply #10187 on: November 18, 2017, 07:39:18 PM »
I tend to make lots of little impulse buys at the grocery store when I go in for just a handful of items. So I sent my husband with the list instead!

Sold a pair of uncomfortable shoes on PoshMark for $5 less than I paid for them.


Iím doing the bulk of my Christmas knitting with stashed yarn, saving money on gifts.

This is an accomplishment! Way to go. I try not to buy things I won't love, but it happens, particularly with shoes. I tend to buy core shoes (running, and my once every few years pair of flats) at Nordstrom. They are pricey, but you can return after wearing if they don't work out. In the long run, tends to save money.

They were actually a second pair in a different color from one of my favorite pairs of shoes, but turned out just not as comfortable to wear for any real length of time. Luckily theyíre a classic style and I got them on clearance so it was easy to recoup most of what I spent originally!
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« Reply #10188 on: November 19, 2017, 02:07:05 AM »
I had oatmeal with water and a mashed overripe banana for breakfast.

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« Reply #10189 on: November 19, 2017, 04:19:51 AM »
I had a bath after my run last night. Instead of adding a splash of body wash to the water, I grated part of a gifted bar of lavender soap and threw those in the bath.

Lovely and fragrant, and a good way to use up a bar of soap I'm not likely to shower with.

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« Reply #10190 on: November 19, 2017, 05:41:02 AM »
Today I made soup. Used three leftover broccoli stems that I had in the freezer for this purpose. I also found a bag of frozen cauliflour roses that probably came from a cauliflour bought on sale once and that had been in the freezer for quite a while. Added a pack of blue cheese and some stock and spices. Reasonably priced and veggie meal in total, only some cost for the blue cheese.

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« Reply #10191 on: November 19, 2017, 07:56:20 AM »
I went out to buy throw away trash and buy something. Forgot my wallet, so no buying anything.

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« Reply #10192 on: November 19, 2017, 10:44:41 AM »
Line-dried a load of laundry.

Harvested chives and tangerines from the garden.
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« Reply #10193 on: November 19, 2017, 11:09:55 AM »
Used an inexpensive template from Etsy for Christmas cards, and ordered them from VistaPrint. Not the absolute cheapest option, but a good value.
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« Reply #10194 on: November 19, 2017, 01:00:24 PM »
I found an overripe banana and used it to make healthy banana oatmeal breakfast muffins.

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« Reply #10195 on: November 19, 2017, 01:02:36 PM »
I found an overripe banana and used it to make healthy banana oatmeal breakfast muffins.

We have 3 overripe bananas and are using them to make 2 ingredient cookies =)
(Although I actually make them like... 6 ingredient cookies. Banana, oats, dried coconut, and spices- cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg).
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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10196 on: November 19, 2017, 02:19:58 PM »
Filled the car with diesel and did NOT buy cigarettes. That's 2 weeks now.

Cooked a roast chicken, made a sandwich  for tomorrow's lunch, and the carcass is in the stock pot ready to make soup.

Ate my prepared breakfast and lunch at work - not so difficult today as there is no canteen at work on the weekend!

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10197 on: November 19, 2017, 02:25:11 PM »
I cut my own hair.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10198 on: November 19, 2017, 02:31:50 PM »
Yesterday I took advantage of pre-Thanksgiving sales to buy a boneless ham for $1.34/lb, a fresh turkey for 98c/lb and a frozen turkey for 68c/lb and 5# organic potatoes for $1.98

The fresh turkey will get cut up and the breasts seasoned and vacuum packed to cook sous vide at a later date.  The rest I'll roast, we'll eat turkey and turkey soup, then I'll can a big batch of turkey stock.  Most of the ham will get cut up into portions and frozen.

Today I rummaged through bins in the shop and found a rope and snaps to replace a broken tie rope at the stable, found some clothesline, a smaller snap and an old screw driver that will be used together to measure out riding patterns.  I also cut up an old 4x4 leftover from a rotten fence post and will use it for another purpose out at the barn.  Moved some random crap out of an Action Packer container and will take that out as well to store equipment out of the elements for winter.

Repaired the little shed/locker where I store the chicken feed and supplies using other scrap wood and parts found in the shop.  Will hopefully make it more mouse proof and prevent feed waste this winter and prolong the life of the shed.

Redeemed credit card points for a $50 TJMaxx gift card.  Hoping it will work at Sierra Trading Post as I've had my eye on a specific sweater there for a couple months.

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Re: What small things did you do TODAY to save money?
« Reply #10199 on: November 19, 2017, 02:56:10 PM »
I cut my own hair.

Can you please remind me to do that next time my hair is wet?

For two weeks I've been thinking, I'll cut it next time I wash it...

Oh well, big pony tail it is.